This is my ongoing, regular challenge to authors and bloggers to share about their work—or to share about others’ work that they’re enjoying.
This week I’m finishing up The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin, finally. And I’m a good chunk of the way into The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan, a terrific story about some of the dancers who were painted by Degas. I wrote on GoodReads earlier this week about how I was suckered into a free book “event” and was horrified by the many, many typos, not to mention a bad plot.
I’ll give the author a break and not mention his name here, but you can see it on my GoodReads page if you follow me. Please, please, please, if you want to be a writer and you are going to put your book out there, have someone who’s qualified read it. Of course I would like people to use me as an editor; that’s what I do for a living. But if you’re broke, I understand–just get some intelligent friends to help. It’s embarrassing.
Call to action: Post a link, a one- or two-line description of what you’re reading (book or blog) and a few words about why you like it. Or you can post something freaky, funny or horrible you just read—go for it!
Question of the day: Who was your favorite childhood author (and why)?
In Seth Godin‘s new book, The Icarus Deception, he writes that with the old way of doing things, most musicians (you can substitute writers or whatever type of art you do) did not have a chance of being heard. Most are not signed by a label. Of those lucky enough to be, 98% fail in the marketplace. Only 1/2% of the remaining 2% ever see a royalty check, Seth writes. (I don’t have a source for these figures, but it does seem in line with what I’ve heard about the record industry.)
He goes on: “A musician who sells two (two!) copies of a song on iTunes makes more money than she would have earned from a record label for selling an entire CD for seventeen dollars.
“There are more musicians making more money being heard by more people and earning more money than ever before.
“Now, multiply what happened to music by a million. Multiply it by consulting, coaching, and design. Multiply it by manufacturing, speaking, and non-profits. Multiply it by whatever it is you care enough to do.”
Again, since I focus on books, I’m substituting “writer” for “musician.” You may make money through a traditional publisher and some of them treat authors very well. But the world of self-publishing is yours (mine) waiting for you (me) to share your/my/our words.
Recently I’ve been following Seth Godin’s blog and twitter feed (He’s the founder of Squidoo, among other things, and always has interesting things to say about business, marketing and writing). He recently posted about his new book, which I wanted to share about because I liked the description’s call to creative people.
“Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn’t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success?